The period from 1939 to 1945 saw some of the most devastating and remarkable events in living memory. Laboring beneath a daily burden of fear, sacrifice, deprivation and uncertainty, soldiers and civilians of all nationalities were driven to extremes of selfless loyalty, dogged determination or bitter cruelty by the demands of a world at war.

This book tells the stories of the men and women who lived and died during the Second World War, from politicians to factory workers, and from High Command to the conscripted men on the front lines. The experience of war is brought to life through a wealth of contemporary documentation, private writings and historical research, whilst the political, military, and historical significance of the war is assessed and examined. From Europe's Western and Eastern Fronts to the war at sea, and from the Pacific to the Mediterranean and North Africa, every fighting front of the Second World War is covered in this truly comprehensive volume.

Table of Contents

Europe 1939–1943 · The War at Sea · The Mediterranean 1940–1945 · The Pacific · The Eastern Front 1941–1945 · Northwest Europe 1944–1945

Product details

Published Sep 18 2018
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 368
ISBN 9781472833938
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Fully illustrated with contemporary images and colour maps.
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


David Horner

David Horner is an emeritus professor at the Strat…


Robin Havers

Dr Robin Havers is currently President of the Geor…


Alastair Finlan

Alastair Finlan is a Professor of War Studies at t…


Mark J Grove

Mark J Grove has degrees in history from the unive…


Philip D. Grove

Philip D. Grove BSc(Econ), MSc(Econ), FHEA has tau…


Paul Collier

Paul Collier has lived and worked extensively in E…


Geoffrey Jukes

After leaving Oxford in 1953 Geoffrey Jukes spent…


Russell Hart

Dr Russell A. Hart is Professor of History and Dir…


Stephen A. Hart

Dr Stephen A Hart is senior lecturer in the War St…


Max Hastings

Sir Max Hastings Military historian and Fleet Str…


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